ZIP Industries looks to 3D modelling

ZIP Industries looks to 3D modelling

Company using software to produce 3D models

Product designers at Australian water systems manufacturer, ZIP Industries, have used 3D software to transform design sketches into 3D models.

ZIP Industries CIO Nick Mennell told CIO Australia that all of its product development and design is done using software provided by Dassault Systemes SolidWorks.

“As part of our assembly, we have a collection of 300 components. Making sure that they all fit and don’t clash with each other is an important part of 3D modelling,” he said.

“It’s also easier to show the volume a component will take up in 3D rather than using the traditional 2D approach.”

Mennell said the company was now looking to introduce the plastics module from DS SolidWorks’ 2014 portfolio.

“This module will help us to design plastic parts. The other module we’re interested in is the electrical module as a lot of the components have electrical wiring.”

ZIP Industries also uses 3D modelling to demonstrate products to its customers. In addition, customers can view designs on their Android or iOS devices.

“We’re taking our models and producing rendered images and animations to replace traditional 2D documentation,” he said.

“This is easier than hiring photographers and graphic artists to manipulate images.”

Follow Hamish Barwick on Twitter: @HamishBarwick

Follow CIO Australia on Twitter and Like us on Facebook… Twitter: @CIO_Australia, Facebook: CIO Australia, or take part in the CIO conversation on LinkedIn: CIO Australia

Join the CIO Australia group on LinkedIn. The group is open to CIOs, IT Directors, COOs, CTOs and senior IT managers.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags 3D software3D ModelsZIP IndustriesSolidWorksNick Mennell

More about Dassault SystemesFacebookGetty ImagesSolidWorks

Show Comments